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Harpenden Highland Gathering, Sunday 8th July, Rothamsted Park, Harpenden

Harpenden Highland Gathering, to be held throughout the day on Sunday 8th July in Rothamsted Park, Harpenden, is a major outdoor event for Hertfordshire.

This year it will be even bigger it is claimed to be the largest Highland Gathering in the UK outside Scotland. The organisers, Harpenden Lions Club, describe it as a ‘fun day out for all the family with a Scottish flavour’ and it raises funds for many deserving causes.

A major addition this year will be a re-enactment by the 42nd Black Watch who will dress in the uniforms of 1815 and put on a demonstration display complete with real firing muskets. And they may even bring and fire their newly restored regimental cannon! A great spectacle.

All the traditional attractions of the Highland Gathering will again be there - pipe bands, highland dancing, marching, heavy events and competitions.

There will be an especially warm welcome for the Somme Battlefield Pipe Band – all the way from France! The band commemorates the sacrifices made by the Scots in the First World War.

Other new attractions for 2007 include Circus Whiz and the Kangaroos gymnastics display team. Circus Whiz is an interactive circus skills workshop for young and old to try out circus activities. The Luton Youth Jazz Orchestra is another first timer.

It doesn’t stop there. There are crafters’ stalls, a climbing wall, falconry display, classic car display, commercial stalls and a funfair. Catering will be significantly improved with the introduction of a ‘Food Court’ so there will be plenty of variety – plus of course a licensed bar.

Scottish dancing competitions will be held throughout the day. Dances will be selected from the Highland Fling, Flora MacDonald, the Sword Dance and others.

There's plenty for children and adults alike. A full day out in a lovely park setting. The day starts at 10.00 am and concludes at 5.30 pm with a stirring display of the massed pipe bands.

Charities to benefit from the day include Keech Cottage Children’s Hospice and the Lions ‘Gift for Living’ scheme which is helping to rebuild the infrastructure of former Yugoslavia. Other beneficiaries include local youth charities.

The venue, Rothamsted Park, is in the centre of Harpenden. It can be easily reached by road from Luton or St Albans or from M1 exits 9 or 10. It is within walking distance of Harpenden station on the Brighton to Bedford line.

There is plenty of free parking nearby, especially on the Common. Disabled parking and toilets for the disabled in the park are both available. Remember to bring a disabled sticker to gain access.

Tickets in advance are half price at £3 - or £6 at the gate. Children under 16 are free when accompanied by an adult.

Advance admission programmes are available from W H Smith Harpenden. Alternatively purchase by credit card online at or by e-mail to - which can also be used for queries - or call the helpline on 0845 833 7426.

Photograph attached of the Black Watch re-enactment and a pipe band at the event last year

Steve Gledhill
PRO - Harpenden Lions Club
Tel: 01582 764888 E-mail

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